Fires Empty C Building at Heights of Collingswood
Residents report two trash-chute fires to Patch; Collingswood F.D. as yet unable to confirm.
Two fires set in the trash chutes of the the C building of the Heights of Collingswood evacuated the property twice in the span of two hours Friday, according to a resident at the propery.
It is the policy of the Collingswood Fire Department that only the chief issues formal comment to the media on firefighting actions, and Fire Chief Keith Davis was not immediately available to confirm the details of this story around 11:00 p.m. Friday.
According to the resident, the first fire broke out on the third floor of the building around 8:15 p.m., causing the building to be evacuated for about 40 minutes.
"Do not know if it was accidental or another stupid joke of some bright HOC residents," the resident wrote in an e-mail to Patch.
The same resident later reported that less than two hours later, around 10:10 p.m., a second fire erupted on the eighth floor of the building when "somebody put burning rag to trash chute second time tonight."
"This time it is much more smoke in entire building," wrote the resident. "I just hope that they get this 'joker' fast."
Another resident confirmed the incident, tweeting to Patch "not a big deal, but just a drippy night to be siting outside!"
Residents with any information about the alleged fires are invited to contact Patch as we await official word from Collingswood officials. Other trash chute fires have been set at the property, including one in November 2011.